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Director of Development (Full-Time, Exempt)

Reports to Executive Director

The Director of Development is responsible for actively supporting the fundraising and communications activities of Uplift Center for Grieving Children. The Director works closely with the Executive Director, the Board Chair, the Development Committee and Board members to identify, solicit, and steward gifts in support of Uplift Center for Grieving Children’s mission. This includes but is not limited to assisting in the annual appeals, expanding corporate support, cultivating major gifts, overseeing grants, and events. The Director of Development will also plan and implement public relations and marketing activities in this role. The Director of Development will work with their team to continually raise the visibility of the organization in the community through public relations and communications, including but not limited to media outreach, the website, and social media. The Director of Development manages a team of two – a full-time Development and Communication Associate and a part-time Grant Writer.

For those interested in applying, please email Patrick Oleskey, Director of Operations, at patrick@upliftphilly.org by July 31.

Uplift Center for Grieving Children (formerly The Center for Grieving Children), located in Philadelphia, PA, provides free peer support groups for children and their caregivers grieving the death of a close loved one. Uplift also provides community-based groups in schools, post-crisis support for schools where a student dies, and trainings for professionals who work with grieving children and families. Uplift believes that no child should grieve alone. We are currently seeking a dedicated and passionate professional to join our team and support our mission.

Uplift Center for Grieving Children serves Philadelphia’s grieving children and families and works with a service population that is 85% African American. Uplift seeks a Director of Development committed to development and communications efforts that are effective, ethical, and inclusive. Uplift welcomes applicants who can contribute to and actively engage in the organization’s ongoing diversity initiatives and commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Uplift is looking for a Director of Development who is culturally competent, able to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms, and committed to equity and inclusion as an organizational practice and culture.

  • Salary:
    • The salary range is $75,000-85,000 annually, based on experience.
  • Benefits:
    • Health Insurance with vision premium covered 100% for employee
    • Optional Dental Insurance
    • SIMPLE IRA with up to a 3% company match
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Three (3) PTO days for continuing education
    • Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays:
    • This position includes two weeks of paid vacation (10 days) and five (5) paid sick days which accrue pursuant to the Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave law. It also includes paid time off when Uplift closes for winter break (December 24th through January 1st), eight (8) paid holidays, and time off when Uplift closes on Fridays from mid-June through the end of August.
  • Location:
    • Currently all work is remote. Beginning September 1, leadership staff will return to the office at 3300 Henry Avenue in East Falls 2-3 days a week with further updates to virtual/remote work pending.
  1. Support the Executive Director in all aspects of the development process.
  2. Develop Uplift’s annual appeal campaigns, including direct mail pieces, e-appeals, and social media appeals.
  3. Manage and work with part-time Grant Writer in maintaining and developing relationships with current and potential foundation donors, drafting grant proposals and foundation reports, and engaging in prospect research.
  4. Identify potential corporate and individual donors. Assist in cultivating and stewarding them with the goal of creating repeat donors.
  5. Build out nascent areas of fundraising, including annual corporate giving outside of events, major gifts, and other potential revenue areas.
  6. Create a Development Plan and track progress throughout the year.
  7. With input from the Development and Communications Associate and the part-time Grant Writer, create an annual calendar for grants, events, and other development-related goals, and track those throughout the year.
  8. Work with the Development and Communications Associate in drafting acknowledgment letters, ensuring donor information is entered into eTapestry donor database, and assist in donor follow-up communications.
  9. Manage the donor database, eTapestry, and work with the Development and Communications Associate to ensure clean data for reporting. Pull reports as needed for goal tracking and as requested by the Executive Director, Development Committee, and Board.
  10. Supervise all aspects related to special events, including the annual gala and golf outing. Tasks include, but are not limited to, planning; event, venue, and vendor management; event communications; working with volunteer committee; and solicitation of and communication with sponsors.
  1. With input from the Development and Communications Associate, manage and continually revise an innovative Communications Plan to govern the goals, style, and substance of Uplift’s communication strategy.
  2. Work with Development and Communications Associate to draft and distribute monthly e-newsletter.
  3. Review the Development and Communications Associate’s initiatives on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube identify new social media outlets and apps, as applicable.
  4. Regularly review and revise website content, graphics, and announcements as designed by Development and Communications Associate.
  5. Develop, draft, and publish agency materials, including newsletters, campaign materials, annual report, invitations, and brochures and flyers. These tasks are done in coordination with the Development and Communications Associate.
  6. Manage the drafting and distribution of press releases to area news media. Reply in a timely manner to press inquiries and connect reporters with appropriate Uplift staff.
  7. Assist with tabling opportunities at community outreach events.
  1. Serve as a member of Uplift’s Leadership Team. Attend weekly Directors Meetings to help guide the organization’s strategic initiatives and fundraising goals as well as coordinate these alongside clinical programming.
  2. Manage Development and Communication Team, currently consisting of 1 full-time and 1 part-time employees, who assist in development and communications tasks, including communications of all types, database administration, grant writing, event planning, and other tasks as assigned by Director of Development and Communications.
  3. Assist Executive Director in Board tasks, including participation as a member of the Development Committee and attendance and minutes-taking at Board meetings 6-times per year.
  4. Manage relationship with and activities performed by Uplift’s Young Professionals Board.
  5. Assist in training and building staff’s skills around development, marketing, and communications.
  • College degree required, graduate degree a bonus
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of fundraising experience
  • Commitment to ethical and equitable development and communications initiatives
  • Experience with donor management databases
  • Strong and positive interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed for events
  • Passion for Uplift Center for Grieving Children’s mission
  • Innovative and out-of-the-box approach to fundraising
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Dynamic interpersonal and team building skills, including the ability to connect with volunteers, supporters, and donors
  • Ability to maintain high standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism
  • Detail-oriented
  • Reliable transportation
  • Child abuse clearance as well as FBI and criminal background checks required